Dust Off: A Reminder On Why Sashihara Rino Is The Best


There have been many casualties of the The Great Server Crash Of 2015 at Asian Junkie, and one of the losses I regret most is not being able to link back to why Sashihara Rino of AKB48 is a hero.

Thus, this post.


1. Sashihara Rino’s alleged ex-boyfriend tells a tabloid that they had sex and that she’s sexually aggressive (1/2).

In what started the chain of events that led to probably the best idol interview of all time, a supposed ex-boyfriend of Sashihara Rino went to a tabloid and talked about their relationship.

Another noticeable point is that Sashihara had a remarkable comeback from her transfer, widely considered a sasen (左遷, demotional transfer), from AKB48 to HKT48 (the Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture-version of AKB48) last June after Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine ran an article interviewing her former boyfriend with whom she’d had sex. The article had detailed descriptions of how the couple met and dated. The boyfriend was quoted in the article as saying Sashihara was very nikushokukei (肉食系, lit: carnivorous, but actually means aggressive in dating).

“We soon started dating after that. She was sexually aggressive (laughs). When I went to her house for the first time, despite her being a year younger than me, she seemed advanced for her age. ‘Why are you always looking down?’ ‘Come closer to me!’ she said, as she put my hands on her thigh. At that moment, something inside me exploded then I pushed her down. It was the first time I kissed a girl.”

“There have even been times when she suddenly sends me a photo of her breasts saying, ‘My breasts have gotten bigger.'”

While people were busy trying to say it was all a lie, I was just thinking how awesome this made her sound.


2. In an interview after the scandal, Sashihara Rino mocked the dating ban, said she got over her punishment quickly, and that she thinks of her haters as only getting her paid even more (1/2).

Yeah, probably the best to ever do it.

“I have no idea whether there is supposed to be some sort of rule about not dating now … it’s not like nobody has anybody, I’ve got friends.”

“I’m psychologically really strong. I don’t take much notice of people, and often don’t care about what they think … I really worried about what to do when it happened, but after a little while I don’t care about it any more. I was unhappy the day it happened, but the day after I was back in high spirits. I can just change negative events into positive ones inside.”

“I don’t even look … there’s sort of a wall of me not caring, maybe that’s the difference between me and some of the other members. Even if they are abusing me, I just think of it as me getting more money.”

Oh yeah, she also threw in a jab at the end where she says she has enough money to support herself and her future children already and is only doing this idol shit for herself.

“Myself, if I were just in it for the money I would have quit ages ago. The reason I’m still at it despite definitely having enough to live on for the rest of my life and support my children is because I enjoy it.”



3. To top it off, Sashihara Rino later told aspiring idols not to bother practicing singing and dancing because wotas don’t care about that anyway (1).

Well, I mean…

Waratte Iitomo conducted an experiment where the regular hosts gave a live lesson to 100 gradeschoolers. Rino Sashihara’s class was titled “How to become a member of AKB” for the children who wanted to become idols. She said that there are 3 points to keep in mind if they wanted to join AKB. The first one is “There’s no need to practice singing and dancing”.

…where is the lie?


That concludes the reminder on why Sashihara Rino is the best.


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